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Parry Peak Bear Claw Descent—Claw 3

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2.8 mile 4.5 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -3,849' -1,173 m
High: 13,322' 4,061 m
Low: 9,473' 2,887 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 26% (15°)
Max Slope: 87% (41°)
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Trail shared by Donny O'Neill

A steep descent on the Northwest Face of Parry Peak, in a zone called the "Bear Claw".

Donny O'Neill
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

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Watch for moose.

Description

This descent is well worth the slog to get to Parry Peak's summit. The descent features a choke near the top in most years; a high snow year may get rid of it. A low snow year may prevent a descent from the summit.

The chute is an incredible, sustained descent that opens up into an ultra fun apron before hitting the treeline. From there, it's a bit of a bushwhack back to US 40 and the Mary Jane access road. It's advised that you park one car down there and one at the Berthoud summit lot.

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Somewhere in the claw.
Feb 1, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing near the top of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing mid section of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim skiing near the bottom of Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Carl Pluim kicking steps up Bear Claw 3 on Parry May 11th 2019
May 13, 2019 near Winter…, CO
Near the crux.
Feb 1, 2018 near Winter…, CO

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